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The Year of Billy Miller

Henkes, Kevin (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Year of Billy Miller
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Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
Authors: Henkes, Kevin
Title: The year of Billy Miller
Publisher: New York, NY :, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 229 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Honor, 2014
ISBN: 9780062268129
0062268120
9780062268136
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Henkes
Subject Headings: Schools Fiction. Family life Wisconsin Fiction. Wisconsin Fiction. Schools Juvenile fiction. Families Wisconsin Juvenile fiction. Wisconsin Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Humorous stories.
Topical Term: Schools
Family life
Schools
Families
LCCN: 2012050373
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NYPL Staff Pick
How hard can second grade be? Four heartwarming vignettes illustrate the challenges and surprises of Billy’s school year, from diorama drama to writing poetry in honor of his mother.

NYPL Staff Pick
How hard can second grade be? Four heartwarming vignettes illustrate the challenges and surprises of Billy’s school year, from diorama drama to writing poetry in honor of his mother.

Mar 08, 2014
  • szarnstorff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reminds me of Ramona Quimby books. Funny book set in a school with great family values and fun.

Nov 26, 2013
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Henkes captures the true voice of a second grader without being condescending. When Billy decides to stay up all night, he thinks it "could still be one of the major events of my life". the family relationships are loving and realistic.

Beginning readers who are ready to dive into chapter books will find a new hero in Billy Miller. Not because Billy's life is remarkable or unusual, but because it's "quietly spectacular in a wonderfully ordinary way" (Kirkus Reviews). Kids can easily identify with Billy as he worries that his teacher might be mad at him, or gets frustrated when his little sister covers his diorama with glitter, or struggles to write a poem about his mother. As a warm, funny, younger elementary school character, Billy is sure to remind readers of Beverly Cleary's popular heroine Ramona, yet Billy's story has a gentle, authentic appeal of its own.

Picture books newsletter October 2013 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=692255

Beginning readers who are ready to dive into chapter books will find a new hero in Billy Miller. Not because Billy's life is remarkable or unusual, but because it's "quietly spectacular in a wonderfully ordinary way" (Kirkus Reviews). Kids can easily identify with Billy as he worries that his teacher might be mad at him, or gets frustrated when his little sister covers his diorama with glitter, or struggles to write a poem about his mother. As a warm, funny, younger elementary school character, Billy is sure to remind readers of Beverly Cleary's popular heroine Ramona, yet Billy's story has a gentle, authentic appeal of its own.

Picture books newsletter October 2013 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=692255

Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Filled with heart, smarts, humor, and a boy-centric p.o.v. that is almost impossible to pin down, Henkes has finally done for the chapter book set what he’s been doing for the picture book readers for years. He’s created a character for the ages.

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Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Billy Miller wasn’t always worried that he wouldn’t be smart enough for second grade. To be blunt, the idea never even entered his brain. Then he fell. It wasn’t life-threatening or anything but that fall from a guardrail to the ground certainly gave him a bump on the noggin. When he heard his mom confess to his dad that she worried there might be some kind of permanent damage, that’s when his own worries started. Fortunately his Papa sets him right telling his son, “… I know – and I know everything – that this is the Year of Billy Miller.” Turns out, Papa’s right. Between making up with his teacher, helping his Papa with his art, attempting to stay up all night with his little sister Sal, writing a poem about his mom and so much more, second grade is turning out to be a full year. And Billy Miller’s going to be smart enough for all of it.

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Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Billy sat alone, considering the choice he had to make. He sucked the web of skin between his thumb and pointer finger, his hand falling across his chin like a beard.”

Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Billy had known Grace since kindergarten. She was so shy she seemed almost invisible. Like vacuums, her wide eyes were sucking in everything.”

Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Billy had trouble getting started. He opened his poetry journal to the first page and wrote: My Mom. He couldn’t think of anything else to write, so he drew a series of volcanoes in progressive stages of exploding.”

Aug 09, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“But I worry that down the line something will show up. He’ll start forgetting things.” “He already forgets things… He’s a seven-year-old boy.”

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